Gifts or Bribes: Attitudes on Informal Payments in Romanian Healthcare

Moldovan, A. & Van de Walle, S. (2013). ‘Gifts or bribes? Attitudes on informal payments in Romanian Health Care’. Public Integrity, 15(4): 383-399

27 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2013

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Andrada Moldovan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Public Administration

Steven Van de Walle

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science; Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Public Administration

Date Written: March 28, 2013

Abstract

Informal payments are quite common in public services in many – especially developing countries to facilitate access to and quality of services. Health care is one sector where informal payments are often used. Patients give doctors, nurses and hospital staff gifts or money, or offer services in exchange for health services. This article combines vignettes with in-depth interviews to explore how Romanians assess the practice of informal payments.

Keywords: Corruption, informal payment, gift, bribe, hospital, health care

JEL Classification: D73, I11

Suggested Citation

Moldovan, Andrada and Van de Walle, Steven, Gifts or Bribes: Attitudes on Informal Payments in Romanian Healthcare (March 28, 2013). Moldovan, A. & Van de Walle, S. (2013). ‘Gifts or bribes? Attitudes on informal payments in Romanian Health Care’. Public Integrity, 15(4): 383-399, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313097

Andrada Moldovan

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KU Leuven - Department of Political Science ( email )

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